Grateful Dead Live at Academy of Music on 1972-03-23
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China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Black Throated Wind
Brown Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
Looks Like Rain
You Win Again
Next Time You See Me
Playing In The Band
Comes A Time
Me And Bobby McGee
Ramble On Rose
Two Souls In Communion
Big Boss Man
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Not Fade Away
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|China Cat Sunflower ->|
|I Know You Rider|
|Black Throated Wind|
|Brown Eyed Women|
|Beat It On Down The Line|
|Looks Like Rain|
|You Win Again|
|Next Time You See Me|
|Playing In The Band|
|Comes A Time|
|Me And Bobby McGee|
|Ramble On Rose|
|Two Souls In Communion|
|Big Boss Man|
|Not Fade Away ->|
|Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->|
|Not Fade Away|
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- Bobby plays the Weather Report Suite intro after Chinatown Shuffle
-- Hundreds of flaws removed, but some may still remain
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats
- Dat (Sony D8) -> Samplitude Professional v9.11 -> FLAC
- New York, NY
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Academy of Music
Subject: Academy of Music
Subject: World at my command..
The Dead showed in early 1972 that they can play a First Set that is fully electric yet is as mellow as any acoustic set they ventured in 1970.
Somewhere during Cumberland, Looks Like Rain I am so blown away by this band.
Give a good listen to Phil's backing vocals during Weir's pristine LLR. When folks complain about Phil's voice know for certain they have never really imbibed any Grateful Dead from when Phil was truly singing on the microphone.
I can spend hours just trying to pick out the backing vocals on some of these tunes.
Plus Bob and Jerry are so strong on the lead vocals.
They have more urgency and showmanship on the European Tour (plus the latest recording sound capabilities for that era) but they are so relaxed and laid back for these Academy shows.
Subject: Incredible restoration of run's top
The 3rd show of the run is probably the best - the bookends (28th) close behind. There's a big 1st set: 18 songs/2 hrs, but long gaps, like Veneta or 5/7/77, though the songs themselves are pretty concise on this night until the Dawk Staw. The set varied little this week, as they prepared for E72 and readied a couple new songs. This was the last Pig-heavy run.
First Set. China Cat is good but the Rider is great. Bobby's rhythm figures are awesome and during the verse listen for Jer slamming a counter-rhythm. Black Throated is out of tune and takes awhile to get the momentum back. Bobby teases his plucked-string project, that would eventually become Weather Report Prelude, before Brown Eyed Women. He and Billy both tease Greatest Story before Beat it on Down the Line-14. There's some feedback but it doesn't stop Donna from rocking on out. Give some attention to Bobby on Cumberland and you'll see he's having a great show. The 3rd-ever Looks Like Rain is the first great one. Jer was on pedal steel for the original arrangement and though it's not unique like the 28th it's solid. It was played every night of the run - Bobby getting it polished for E72. After a mostly trainwrecked Tennessee Jed (until the solo anyway), the rest of the set pretty much shines. Check Keith on You Win Again. The best versions of Jack Straw are like pinball (google it, kids). There are lots of ace Next Time You See Mes in '72; else this would seem better. The Playing sounds just like an E72. Comes a Time just gets by but the Me & Bobby McGee stands against any in '72 - and they played it a lot.
Second Set. Truckin' has a nice tempo - and Bobby screeching. Everybody plays hot hot hot on Ramble. Bobby makes a comment before Two Souls that wouldn't air today and probably wasn't appreciated by half at the time. An uptempo Mexicali is, unusually, right in the middle of the 2nd set, but has a Jer tornado anyway. He uses double stops on Big Boss Man and riffs he used in '67. The Dawk Staw is better than those on E72. It's one for those that like the acid jazz slash noise experiments and dissonant sequences. There's a great section that becomes very musical and goes into a brief Feelin' Groovy, then other areas, until, on a peak, Jer dramatically drops back into the main riff. The sole Dawk Staw of the run, it's not quite like any other '72. Billy teases NFA at the end but Jer makes it a stand-alone. Phew. Billy then starts crazy fast for Not Fade Away and Jer spins rock-n-roll styled riffs from '69. Goin' Down the Road is prime GD with wow-Jer-magic. Bobby just screams his way through the NFA reprise. Sugar Magnolia has appeared on set lists but it's likely there was no encore, given that it was on neither the AUDs nor the Betty Board - and only rarely an encore (and not in '72; though it did end the 2nd set several times that fall. The encores at this time were all One More Saturday Night).
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: A
Overall = 4½
I Know You Rider - Bobby's rhythm & Jer's counter attack
Jack Straw - like pinball
Playing in the Band - like the best E72
Me & Bobby McGee - perfect rendition
Ramble on Rose - One of 72's best - this is where it became great
Mexicali Blues - Jer tornado
Dark Star - some wander around; this takes you on a journey
Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad - Everybody is hot. GD magic.
SOURCES: The miller.100000 is an incredible restoration - Rob Eaton cleaned the entire tape by hand, like an Egyptian relic (though obviously more valuable), Charlie mastered. Sounds great. The SirMick SBD is also good. Both Playing and Dark Star are on the bonus disc of the first pressing of Rockin' the Rhein (though the Playing is mislabeled).
Subject: Stars Galore
Subject: Looks Like Rain
5 stars for the whole shaboodle.
"100,000 - sheer coincidence.
But I don't believe in coincidences.
Subject: great tune
Subject: LLR with pedal steel
What blows me away about the version of LLR from this show (03-23-1972) in addition to the steel guitar (much like JG played on "Ace") is the backing vocals of Phil. He is singing the parts that Donna would come to sing when she joined the fun. He is really going for it and it sounds great!!
This is one of my 2 or 3 favorite versions of Looks Like Rain, along with May 14, 1978. Great first solo in that one! (http://archive.org/details/gd1978-05-14.sbd.miller.108996.flac16)
Subject: Just a reminder...
Favourites for me were a rollicking Cumberland, a gorgeous Comes a Time and a soulful Two Souls In Communion. I've gotta listen to this whole run again!
Subject: Great show
Subject: Allman Dark Star
I always thought they peaked in December of '71. Change that to March of '72. And Charlie Miller's name on it is like Owsley's name on a batch of acid - the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!
Subject: 1972- 3-23
Subject: Awesome Dark Star
Things really pick up though starting around the 16:00 mark - just pure beautiful group improv, one of those jams where it sounds like they're composing a new song on the spot. Seriously the jam from around the 16:00 mark towards the end is as magnificent as anything I've ever heard them play. Jerry's guitar playing is so melodic and beautiful. I'm surprised this Dark Star doesn't get more attention. One of the best of the year IMO.
Subject: Real Deal
Subject: What a tune up for Europe
Subject: I can't stay here much longer Melinda!
Give this one a five for good reason...
B.T.W- Sound is great, good job Mr. Miller!
Subject: SHNID 100k
I don't normally comment on performances (too subjective), but the LLR is incredible. It's hard to believe this is the same song as any version from 1977 (not to mention the Halloween 1985 insanity).
Subject: Dark Star
I was baffled as to why i didnt have most of these songs then realized that this was uploaded within the last 6 months (after i had last searched for this show).
Thank you for putting this online, Charlie, such an amazing show!!!
I'll be digging into this one for a while.
Subject: DRIVING THAT TRAIN
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" March 23, 1972 at the Academy of Music, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
* * * * * "PIGPEN & KEITH Show" * * * * *
~ Classic Superduper 72' Soundboard ~
Five stars for the mix, recording, performance, transfer, & "dance-ability".
If you haven't clicked on Charlie Miller's name and collected ALL his GRATEFUL DEAD shows, you should, he has impeccable taste. God Bless Mister Charlie Miller.
I highly recommend adding this NYC show to your 1972 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.
This is a "Must Have" show for all us Pigpen and Keith fans.
The New York City crowds always brought out the best in the GRATEFUL DEAD. The boys are pumped up for the "wild" NYC crowd.
I remember seeing the microphones at this show, and I thought I remembered seeing video cameras too....where's the video, man?
The 14th St Theater (Academy of Music) was an old vaudeville house, then it became a movie theater. Funky and full of character it was huge, with 4 or 5 balconies. Complete with mirror ball hanging from the ceiling casting lights all over the people, stage and theater. Quite a spectacle when the seats were filled with hippys, freaks, weirdos, drop-outs, druggies and other counter-culter elite.
I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.
Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.
Solid, "In the Pocket" performances of all our favorite songs from the 1972 set list.
Here's one way to download this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.
RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.
When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1972.
PS: Here's the link to all the GRATEFUL DEAD shows at the Academy of Music:
Freedom of speech is sayin' the things you don't want to hear isn't it, or is it burning the American flag, I get confused?
Subject: Just another a big thanks...
Thanks also to all the people that make this recording available.
Subject: A Real Weirdo
Subject: Queen Chinee Closet
Subject: A fitting tribute to CM's efforts to date
What a fitting recording to represent this milestone! This is the most complete circulating version of this show. This board sounds fantastic!
Subject: school nites
Subject: Best band in the world....